Mother Annabelle "Nanny" Ballard

November 18, 1927March 3, 2017

Mother Anna Belle Ballard, often called Mama, Mother Ballard, Nannie Annie, Prayer Warrior and Miss Annie Belle, journeyed to the Lord Jesus Christ on March 3, 2017. Her life was well lived in the light of Jesus Christ. She was born on November 18, 1927 to Harry Hannibal Haywood and Lorena Belle (Dimery) Haywood in Del Rio, Texas. Around the age 2, the family relocated to San Angelo, Texas, where Anna Belle attended Blackshear School and upon graduation received a Christian Scholarship to attend Mary Allen Collage in Crockett, Texas. She accepted Christ as her Savior at 9 years of age. She joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. W. D. Davis, and later years united with Bible Way Ministries, where she served for more than 20 years, and had the honor of being named the "Church Mother". She married Rev. Seth Thomas and to that union Sally and John Earl Thomas were born. As life continued, she later married John Henry Ballard and to that union Michael Anthony; Vavette Michelle, and Angela Rose were born. She was preceded in death by 2 children. Anna Belle lived on her own until her final illness in December 2016. Her life was rich and impacting to many and she never met a stranger. In November 2016, she vision honoring her family and the community by hosting two highly spirited musical programs bringing many to sing and praise God with her. Although Bible Way Ministries would have been celebrating her birthday, she preferred to celebrate others because she had a blessed life. Mother Ballard loved reading (especially her Bible), praying, gardening, sewing, quilting, helping others and bringing lost souls to Christ. At the time of life's transition, she was completing a beautiful quilt. Until well in her later years, she volunteered as a Senior Companion for elderly patients. She was a faithful member at her church and was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - Unit 6219, in San Angelo, Texas. She received Missionary License from Bible Way Ministries, Citizen of Year Award from The LeCorterie Society, Unsung Hero from St Paul Presbyterian Church and other awards. Her joy was serving others and praying to the Lord for strength and mercy. Her family lineage is connected to the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts in Brackettville, TX and her body will be laid to rest at the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts Cemetery. Her husband, parents, and brother Joe Haywood preceded her in death. She is survived by her 5 children Sally Ayana; John Earl Thomas; Michael Anthony Ballard; Vavette Michelle Ballard and Angela Rose Haywood; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Rose Mary Scott; Frances Faye Sykes; 2 brothers, Harry Haywood II and Charles Haywood SR.


  • Open Visitation Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mother Annabelle "Nanny" Ballard

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ROSEMARY BALLARD ( your grandbaby)

June 21, 2017

Months have passed and I still miss you dearly. I will always charish you love and memories. I thank God I was bless to have a loving spiritual grandmother. You raised me from a baby. I will always up hold the morals values and standards you set for me. Even now your at final rest and eternal peace, you fought the good fight..You helped save souls and encouraged people to know Jesus. In your famous words " GLORY " Rest in Heaven I love you biggie. Always your baby Reka (Rosemary Ballard)

Robert Payne Sr.

March 20, 2017

You kept me Happy with your past, present, and future spiritual thoughts.
To the Family My Condolences.
God Bless You All
Robert Payne Sr.


March 13, 2017

My prayers are with your family

Debra Johnson

March 11, 2017

May God grant this family with comfort and strength while missing such a loving, Godly Woman. She leaves memories of seeing and hearing her give praises with no shame saying GLORY!! She will be missed in the community.

Helen Perryman Williams

March 10, 2017

What a Warrior. Mother Ballard lived the life she taught about. A lot of fond Memories that I will cherish forever. Rest you finally made it Home.

Sheila Terrell

March 10, 2017

I just read this ,so sorry to hear about Mother Ballards passing,a awesome woman of God. I have a lot of fond memories of her,and San Angelo community will surely miss her presence in and around the church.Rest now Mother finally home.

Sunrise Baptist Church

March 10, 2017

May the love of God in the
Lord Jesus Christ fill you with
peace, grace, and comfort during
this time of loss. Please accept
our loving sympathy to you and your
loved ones at this difficult time.
If we can be of service to you,
please contact us at 830-893-8731.
weeping may remain for a
night, but rejoicing comes in the
morning. Psalm 30:5b
Sunrise Baptist Church Family

March 10, 2017

May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead and you find comfort.

Dr. Royce Priestly

March 9, 2017

May God's love strengthen you and comfort you at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


March 9, 2017

Heaven has gained an angel...she is spreading her wings, rejoicing and singing...she has served her time well and God makes no mistakes on who he chooses...for he only chooses the best....Ms. Annabelle will be missed for all her great teachings and strict discipline methods I endured in church growing up under her leadership in bible study to Easter and Christmas programs that she gave her time for...May God's touch of comfort give each of you strength...God Bless...